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SPECIES Heliosciurus mutabilis

Author:Peters, 1852.
Citation:Bericht Verhandl. K. Preuss Akad. Wiss., Berlin, 17: 273.
Common Name:Mutable Sun Squirrel
Type Locality:Mozambique, Boror, 19 km NW of Quelimane, 17S . "Africa orientalis, Boror, 17 Lat. Austr."
Distribution:Malawi; S and SW highlands, Tanzania; NW of the Zambezi River near Beira (Mozambique); Chirinda Forest, Melsetter Dist., Sabi/Lundi River confluence, Vumba, Umtali (SE Zimbabwe).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:G. M. Allen (1939) considered mutabilis a distinct species. Ellerman (1940) treated it as a subspecies of H. gambianus following Ingoldby (1927). Rosevear (1963), followed by Amtmann (1975), treated it as a subspecies of H. rufobrachium. Grubb (1982b) again treated H. mutabilis as a distinct species and recognized the five subspecies above.
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SUBSPECIES mutabilis


SUBSPECIES chirindensis

SUBSPECIES shirensis



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